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Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve

Address: 505 Guana River Road, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL 32082
Phone Number: (904) 823-4500
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
Owner description: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated...
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Type: Nature/ Wildlife Areas, Outdoors
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Owner description: The Guana Tolomato Matanzas National Estuarine Research Reserve (GTM Research Reserve) is dedicated to the conservation of natural biodiversity and cultural resources through research and monitoring to guide science-based stewardship and education strategies. The GTM Research Reserve was formed through a collaboration of Florida's Department of Environmental Protection and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. It covers 74,000 acres of coastal lands in northeast Florida from Ponte Vedra Beach to Palm Coast. The GTM Research Reserve is part of a national system of research reserves that focus on research, education and stewardship. The GTM Research Reserve has a 21,000 square foot Environmental Education Center which includes interpretive exhibits, aquariums, classrooms, teaching and working laboratories, an auditorium and an outdoor amphitheater overlooking the Guana River Aquatic Preserve. Education staff offer programming for all ages on the importance of estuarine ecosystems. A Coastal Training Program offers training for professionals on issues of concern in our local community including watershed, invasive plants and much more.
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Florida, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2014 NEW

A great place to experience the real Florida. Lots of nature, woods, river, ocean. There are hiking /bike trails, fishing, wildlife viewing, and of course the beach. A great place to visit if you want to get out and enjoy mother nature.

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Sandisfield, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

From the Trailhead Pavilion we took the purple trail to the red trail for a loop to the south end of the island. Then we took a short walk up the yellow trail. Beautiful sights and sounds. We would like to have had time to hike and bird watch on some of the trails heading north from the Trailhead.

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Bellingham, Washington
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7 reviews 7 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2014

Drove down from Ponte Vedra. Beautiful, wide sandy beaches. The only downside was the daily parking fee. Our schedule only allowed us to spend an hour or two each day, but having to pay each day added up, so we only went once in 4 days. It would have been nice to have a multi-day option.

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014

Beautiful views of atlantic ocean .. Good for beach evening walks. Got lucky and saw a baby turtle joining his family .. Checkout the video :- http://youtu.be/Uqp9-fLM-Ms

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Saint Augustine, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2014

Excellent choice for a beach day! Going to any of the Ponte Vedra Beaches - North, Middle or South - along the GTM National Estuarine Reserve, is like visiting your own, personal beach. It is in the middle of a most beautiful stretch of unspoiled, unpopulated land with no telephone wires, no businesses, no homes, nothing. We have been there... More 

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Jacksonville, Florida
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26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

For nature enthusiasts, this was an amazing place. A small, but very nice interpretive center, beautiful marsh views, great trails and a wonderful beach. Don't miss it.

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Indiana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Our family loves the beach here. There are 3 main parking areas along AIA where you can park for $3 and walk across the street to an almost secluded beach. You may see a few families/dogs/fishermen there, but much quieter than the public beaches. I believe the 3rd parking lot has wheelchair access. Note that there are no facilities/water at... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014

More interesting stuff about wildlife habitat etc. Then we took the hike. They gave us a map red loop, orange loop, blue loop, etc and set off only to find that the directional signs on the trail don't use colors they use names which made the map worthless. And the trail signs didn't have any maps with you are here... More 

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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida
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11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

The GTM National Estuarine Reserve is one of twenty some estuarine reserves around the U.S.A. It's a national treasure, and a fantastic place to enjoy nature and learn about how important biodiversity is to our ecosystem. The GTM is a serene nature preserve just north of St. Augustine with 80,000 acres of protected wetlands and coastal hammock. There are many... More 

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Mount Dora, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2014

Great nature trails, fun interactive building for kids and parents alike. Need bug spray and sun screen in the summer! Kids get to do scavenger hunt to find all the different animals. Great break if you need time off from the beach

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